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Gambia: US Warns Jammeh Against Clinging on to Power

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•Ensure a peaceful transition
 …Jude Johnson

The United States (US) has warned President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia not to cling on to power illegally after losing the recent elections to the opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow

The Deputy Department Spokesperson, Mr. Mark Toner in a statement condemned Jammeh for rescinding his earlier decision to concede power to his victorious opponent.

“We strongly condemn President Jammeh’s December 9 statement rejecting the December 1 election results and calling for new elections.

“This action is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately,” Toner said.

The Gambian president who has been in power for 22 years surprisingly lost elections in December 2 polls and called on Barrow to congratulate him, has since then reneged on his promise to hand over power and instead called for fresh elections.

But US has advised him not to prolong his hold on the Presidency but ensure peaceful and smooth transition of power to reflect the outcome of the polls

Part of the statement read: “We call upon President Jammeh, who accepted the election results on December 2, to carry out an orderly transition of power to President-Elect Barrow in accordance with the Gambian constitution.

“We call upon all institutions in The Gambia, including the elected leadership, the armed forces, religious leaders, political parties and civil society organisations to reject violence and peacefully uphold the will of the people that was expressed clearly through the ballot box. The people have spoken and it is time for Gambians to come together to ensure a peaceful transition to President-elect Barrow.”

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